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View of Trenton Falls #1

Pattern Category: Places

Series: Shell Border, Circular Center

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Diameter: 7.5 inches


Shown on a plate, Trenton Falls is located on the West Canada Creek, north of Utica, NY in Oneida County.  For much of the 19th century this location rivalled Niagara as a tourist destination.  In 1806 John Sherman, a grandson of Roger Sherman of Connecticut who signed the Declaration of Independence, moved to Trenton and by the 1820s had established a resort by the falls which attracted many of the rich and famous of the time.  This version shows three people standing on a rock to the left of the falls; a second version (also included in this exhibit)  has one man standing at the foot of the falls.  The view is also found on a 6.5 inch plate.